Vegan race car champion Leilani Münter will unveil her new vehicle next month at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida. Last year, Münter drove the No. 15 car emblazoned with “Vegan Powered”—the first explicitly vegan-themed car on the track. The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) race car driver chose the “Vegan Strong” message this year as a nod to the strong athletes who choose to live compassionate vegan lifestyles. “There are many professional athletes who are thriving in their sports as vegans,” Münter, who adopted a vegan lifestyle seven years ago, told VegNews. “My car this year is designed to proudly celebrate these facts with a bright, bold color scheme that is sure to get attention.” Last year, Münter and her team erected a tent at Daytona with vegan samples to encourage race fans to try plant-based foods—an initiative that Münter will continue this year. “Our team will be at each race looking to challenge even those die-hard meat eaters to think differently about their health and fitness,” Münter added, “and offer all the support they need to get started.” Münter has used her platform to promote animal-rights issues during her career—in part, by driving cars outfitted in The Cove and Blackfish imagery—and since 2007, Münter has offset emissions by adopting an acre of rainforest for every race she runs. Off the track, Münter drives a Tesla Model S which is powered by the solar panels on the roof of her house.
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